Taxonomic principles and tools in botanical research

The bryophyte Splachnum ampullaceum 

A short course about plant taxonomy and identification in botanical research.

Designed for environmental science researchers and PhD students, the course is taught by Museum taxonomy experts. 

Course content

Specialist training is on offer for vascular plants (flowering plants and ferns), bryophytes, lichens and marine macroalgae (red, brown and green seaweeds).

There will be:

  • two days of lectures and demonstrations
  • three days of practical sessions, comprising one day in the field and two days in the herbarium/laboratory.


By the end of the course participants will have learnt:

  • key principles and techniques of taxonomy;
  • how to use handbooks and keys for taxonomic identification and microscopy techniques;
  • key features and terminology used in identifying organisms in taxonomic group of choice;
  • best practices in collecting, preparing and preserving specimens for research;
  • field identification/collection of specimens for taxonomic research;
  • how to optimise herbarium use for research.


More information

Dates and times

A five-day course:

12–16 March 2018

Closing date: 18 December 2017

How to apply

The course is available to environmental science researchers and PhD students. There are 24 spaces available, and priority will be given to those with NERC funding.

Download and complete the application form (Word 27KB) and return it to the address listed on the form by 18 December 2017.

Applicants will be contacted after the closing date and notified whether a place has been allocated.

Contact us

For more information about course content please contact Silvia Pressel.

For administrative questions (e.g. travel, accommodation) please contact Laura Miles.

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